Evidence to Policy Initiative

The UCSF Global Health Group's Evidence to Policy Initiative (E2Pi) conducts policy analyses, research, and agenda-setting activities to help policymakers from donor agencies and low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) create and implement high-impact, evidence-based policies to improve the health of people around the world.

Why focus on evidence-based policymaking?

Too often, money is wasted and people die from preventable health problems because of gaps between evidence, policy, and implementation. E2Pi narrows this gap by working closely with policymakers, technical experts, and practitioners to facilitate evidence-based policy formulation at global and country levels. E2Pi responds to topics of greatest current interest in global health, and offers expertise in health finance, climate change and health, and health systems and delivery models.

Our Work

Global Health Financing

E2Pi leads research on resource mobilization, innovative finance mechanisms, and global health architecture to inform country health finance and donor investment portfolios. At a national level, E2Pi works with country partners including Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mexico, and Myanmar. At a global level, E2Pi works in partnership with donor and development agencies to inform decision making on development assistance for health. Current projects include:

  • International Collective Action for Health: Quantifying and closing the financing gaps
    E2Pi works with the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health at Duke University and SEEK Development to quantify and close the financing gap for critical yet underfunded global functions of health aid, such as pandemic preparedness and product development for poverty-related and neglected diseases.

  • Transition Readiness Assessment Tool for Malaria-Eliminating Countries
    E2Pi provides analytical and strategic support to countries anticipating the end of donor finance, and generates evidence to help inform country and donor transition processes and policies. E2Pi and the Global Health Group's Malaria Elimination Initiative created a Transition Readiness Assessment for Malaria Guidance Manual and Tool and work with national malaria programs to prepare for transition.

  • The Economic Benefits of Investing in Health
    E2Pi presented evidence on the economic benefits of investing in health in our report Investing in Health: The Economic Case. Dean Jamison led this effort in collaboration with partners from Duke University and Imperial College London for the 2016 World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH).

  • Lancet Commission on Investing in Health
    E2Pi serves as the Secretariat for the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health, a group of 25 economists and global health experts that produced the report, Global health 2035: a world converging within a generation.

The Health Impacts of Climate Change

E2Pi's newest initiative aims to reduce the health impacts of climate change.

  • Climate Change and Global Health Initiative
    E2Pi is helping to mobilize a stronger international response to climate change by engaging global health leaders as advocates for evidence-based climate solutions, supporting the health sector to minimize the adverse impacts of climate change today, and building health systems that are resilient to future climate change challenges.

Health Systems and Delivery Models

E2Pi analyzes mixed health systems and supports efforts by governments, programs, and donors to leverage the public and private sectors to achieve public health goals. Current projects include:

  • Intermediary Purchasing Platforms for Public-Private Health Sector Engagement
    E2Pi examines private sector organizations helping to achieve public health goals across different LMIC settings to understand their structure, financing, and impact.

  • Global Strategies for Primary Health Care and the Private Sector
    E2Pi collaborates with colleagues at UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences to conduct analysis and strategic planning on the role of the private sector in primary health care, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.